Tuesday 17 September 2019

One in three concerned about job prospects due to lack of digital skills

Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK
Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

One in three employees in Ireland and Europe are concerned that they may soon be out of a job due to a lack of proficiency in digital skills.

In addition, concerns about a growing generational gap are apparent, as 70pc of employees believe that younger employees are better suited to working with new types of technology, according to a survey carried out for Ricoh Ireland.

Workers want to use more innovative digital technology, as they believe it will empower them to work in smarter ways, however two in five people surveyed admitted that they lacked the digital skills to make digital technology effective.

In addition, two thirds of employees want employers to put more emphasis on digital skills training so they can do the best job possible with the new tools and services being introduced.

In terms of factors behind why new technology is being introduced in the workplace, almost three quarters of employees believe that senior management will only introduce new technology if it helps to cut costs, rather than empower employees.

Meanwhile, there is a drastic perceived risk of under investment in workplace technology, with just over one in three employees of the opinion that their business will fail within five years if the right investments in technology are not made.

What’s more, almost half of the 3,600 workers surveyed across 22 countries in Europe feel that their competitors already have a technological edge.

"To ensure long term success, staff retention and ongoing competitiveness, business leaders must listen to and embrace the needs of employees from every generation in the workplace," Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK, said.

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